Beitragvon Remember MJ » 8. Mai 2017, 20:46
Marlon Jackson hat ein ausgewähltes Foto von 1984 kommentiert und blickt dabei auf die Victory-Tour und seine Beziehung mit Michael zurück: „My favourite photograph“
My favourite photograph by The Jackson 5 singer Marlon Jackson
MOTOWN star Marlon, 60, recalls life on the road with his brothers in The Jackson 5 – and performing “the worm” with Michael.
Marlon, 60, recalls life on the road with his brothers in The Jackson 5
“This photo was taken in early 1984 while The Jackson 5 were on the Victory tour. That’s me on the left next to Michael and the guy with the victory ball is Jackie. Randy is above, with Tito on the right.
We really wanted to dress up like The Little Rascals, which was a TV show when we were kids, so that’s what we did for this picture. We had a stage set up, put on some clothes and bam – there you have it.
Our Victory tour took us across America. We did a few dates in Montreal and Toronto, too, and sang all the hits like Shake Your Body, Heartbreak Hotel, Can You Feel It and Blame It On The Boogie.
Meanwhile Michael’s Thriller album had just been released. Michael and I were the youngest brothers in The Jackson 5 and we hung out a lot. Being the youngest, we got into a lot of trouble. We were DF – ‘dangerous fun!’ We’d do things like balance buckets of water at the top of our hotel door and put itching powder on our security guard’s bald spot.
Michael, Jackie and I did most of the dancing and choreography for the band. We watched James Brown and Jackie Wilson and tried to imitate their moves with our own style and had great fun doing it. I was the ‘dancingest’ brother, and always gave 100 per cent. It was all about having fun on stage.
We used to do a dance move that made the audience scream called ‘the worm’ and Michael used to watch me to see how long I could do it. Trust me, it really works your stomach muscles.
In The Jackson 5 days, we used to take a week off during our tours and go to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. We also stayed in the Playboy Hotel in Florida. It was owned by Hugh Hefner, but it was nothing like the magazines. Great times. At the time I didn’t cherish those moments and I wish I had.
It was mind-boggling to visit the various cultures the world has to offer. Even though people didn’t speak English they would sing our songs. To be honest, we didn’t realise we were famous.
We just sang because we loved doing it. Now, of course, I’ve come to realise the effect The Jackson 5 had on people’s lives, but at the time we didn’t think anything of it. We used to go to children’s hospitals and the McDonald House. It makes you feel good to see a child smile.
When Michael went solo, we still had The Jacksons. We’re brothers. If you say Michael Jackson, you’re still branding the name Jackson. We were famous all over the world.
We reunited in 2009 for a tribute concert to Michael. It brought us together, but it wasn’t a final goodbye. We still feel his energy and his spirit on the stage today. It was a way of honouring him.
When Michael passed he had an unfinished song called This Is It and when I sing that song it feels like we are singing together again. That means a lot to me.
Our music is evergreen. No matter how old you are, you can still enjoy it and we still see that today. We’ll do a show and see kids singing along to ABC and I Want You Back. The crazy thing is they weren’t even born when these songs came out.
I still enjoy singing and have fun on stage.
It’s about seeing the people enjoy your craft.
If I can’t perform the way I want to perform, that’s when I’ll give it up.
I’m really looking forward to singing at Greenwich Music Time this summer. We’ll be singing the Motown hits like ABC, I’ll Be There and Dancing Machine, and the epic stuff like Enjoy Yourself, Can You Feel It and Shake Your Body. We have a pretty energetic show and I
can still do the worm. The Lord has blessed me to keep moving. Throughout our years, we’ve always got our rest. It’s the business. It’s work and it’s serious. People come to see us so we want to be the best we can be.”